Winemaker, Switchback Ridge
Robert Foley began his winemaking career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries, including Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding winemaker. During this period,, he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled its flagship Claret (a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend), and has since expanded and diversified its production to offer more of the big reds Bob is famous for???Petite Sirah, Merlot, Charbono, the limited-release Howell Mountain Cabernet, and Bob's latest creation, The Griffin (a blend of the best in the red cellar).
Country born: United States
Education: Graduated from UC Davis in 1977 with degrees in both enology and viticulture.
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Honors / Awards:
Food & Wine 2007 Winemaker of the Year
Produce very expressive balanced wines that finish gracefully.